Introduction

Adopting overseas is a very complex topic, way more than a site about “traveling with kids” can handle; we'd like you to come back and visit us again near the end of the adoption process, perhaps before you depart to bring your new child home from overseas.

Perhaps even at this early stage you are beginning to focus on specific areas of the world, or perhaps you'd like to learn a bit more about different countries' adoption programs before contacting an agency.

A good starting point is the U.S. Department of State, which offers eighty country-specific info sheets on its page about adopting overseas.

Though we have not adopted ourselves, we've seen friends work through the process. We hope most of what we've offered earlier about traveling with your kids applies whether the kids are 12 years old and naughty or nice, or whether your trip across the oceans is the first time you've held your new little one.

We've heard from more than a few people regarding adoption overseas, and so, in hopes of being helpful, would like to direct you to some other places on the Internet who know adoptions abroad better than us.

You may want to take a look at some additional tips about adoption travel at www.adoptiontravel.com and www.adoptivefamilytravel.com.

More general information on adopting is available at these two sites:

Adoption laws for all fifty states are available on-line.

You may also wish to take a look at the National Adoption Information Clearing House.

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